Prosecutors: Jailer snuck inmate hacksaw in tacos

July 22, 2011 11:15:09 AM PDT
Prosecutors say a Texas jail guard tried helping a convicted murderer and two others escape by smuggling them tacos stuffed with hacksaw blades. Alfred Casas began testifying Friday at his criminal trial in San Antonio. The 31-year-old faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on charges of helping three inmates hatch an escape plan from the Bexar County jail in 2009.

The jailbreak was foiled when a random cell search turned up the hacksaw blades. Sheets tied together to make a rope were also found.

The San Antonio Express-News reported that a girlfriend of one of the inmates testified about giving Casas the bag of tacos. Tiffany Contreras says Casas knew the tacos contained six broken hacksaw blades.

Casas told detectives he thought they were simply tacos.

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